Lawmakers need to get input on health care

Saturday, 05 Aug, 2017

But this year, they have no such luxury.

In his statement after the Senate's final attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, Bishop Dewane said it was a moment for Congress and all Americans to "set aside party and personal political interest and pursue the common good of our nation and its people, especially the most vulnerable". "Up to half the states will likely have bare counties with zero insurance providers offering insurance on the exchange, and insurance premiums will increase by roughly 20 percent, according to America's Health Insurance plans". We all knew the partisanship in Washington had gotten out of control and felt the need to create a bipartisan group committed to getting to "yes" on important issues.

"President Trump has a big decision to make", said Sen. "We've been on pins and needles for months now". To compensate for the added cost to insurers of the reduced cost-sharing, the federal governments makes payments directly to insurance companies.

The Texas insurer, CHRISTUS, said 15 percent of the 36 percent increase it is seeking is made up of covering additional costs if the government does not pay the subsidies or stops enforcing the requirement that individuals have insurance. "They're enrolling in a state-operated public option, if you will".

While Senate Republicans' efforts to overhaul the health care system failed last week, lawmakers are still working on short-term reforms, most notably to keep insurance premiums from skyrocketing next year.

Vice President Mike Pence reminded a Nashville audience Thursday night that voters put President Donald Trump and him into office in part to repeal the collapsing and expensive Affordable Care Act.

Trump has continued his assault on the law, which he and others call Obamacare.

But McPeak indicated that all efforts to insulate insurers from monitoring Trump's tweets to determine policy would be a step in the right direction. This isn't a bailout in the sense that insurers overstepped their bounds and need government support to survive. The payments offset the deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for individuals in MA earning up to $30,150 a year, and families of four earning up to $61,500. Meanwhile they are keeping their fingers crossed that the insurance model they built on what they were told were "guaranteed" government funding promises won't be yanked out from under them.

The White House has said that Trump could decide as soon as this week about the future of the cost-sharing subsidy.

Third, our proposal provides relief to certain businesses from the mandate that they provide insurance to full-time employees. Ending the uncertainty around the payments due insurers will help. We have agreed to vote together for any policy proposal that garners the support of 75 percent of the entire Problem Solvers Caucus, as well as 51 percent of both the Democrats and Republicans in the caucus. It's already going to be a struggle for our country to keep up with the health care costs of the baby boom generation and so going to a single-payer system right now I don't think is realistic and I don't think it would be good for our debt.

On Tuesday, the court of appeals issued a ruling that may strengthen the prospects of sustaining the subsidy by allowing a coalition of 16 state attorneys general who all favor the subsidy to intervene in the appeal process. Jason Lefferts, a spokesman for the state Health Connector, said any change in federal policy would not affect members' policies this year. The Hill reported that "health insurance subsidies are expected to cost the federal government about $660 billion in 2016".

For many, the heart of the health care debate is the ability of patients to choose their own health care, including whether to buy insurance and which doctor to see.